Best Picture Nominees: A Closer Look

26 February 2016
M-Net Movies takes a closer look at the Best Picture nominees from this year's Academy Awards.
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We're just days away from the big night (or big morning, in our case). Have you made your predictions? Wondered what jokes Chris Rock will make? Imagined what your favourite star will say when they win? On Monday 29 February at 03:30 on M-Net Movies Premiere, all your questions will be answered, as you tune in for the 88th Academy Awards® live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Before the Oscars® arrive, we're taking a quick peek at this year's Best Picture nominees. Check out the eight films below, and have your say about who you think will get the golden statuette, using #awardpredictions on Facebook and Twitter.

The Big Short

Directed by: Adam McKay

Written by: Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, based on the book by Michael Lewis

Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Nominations: 5

Film Fact: After Christian Bale met Dr. Michael Burry – whom he portrays in the movie – he asked Burry if he could have his cargo pants and shirt. Burry agreed, and Bale wore them in the film.

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Bridge of Spies

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Written by: Matt Charman, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda

Nominations: 6

Film Fact: Following the story of lawyer James Donovan, who must negotiate the release of an American pilot in exchange for a Soviet spy, it inspired Gregory Peck to pursue the idea of a film based on the events. He would have portrayed Donovan (now played by Tom Hanks), but the political milieu of the time was too sensitive for studios to consider making such a film.

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Directed by: John Crowley

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent

Written by: Nick Horny, based on the book by Colm Tóibín

Nominations: 3

Film Fact: The movie received a standing ovation at its Sundance Film Festival premiere.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Directed by: George Miller

Written by: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris

Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Nominations: 10

Film Fact: Fury Road, which is the fourth movie in the Mad Max franchise, was almost a 3D anime.

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The Martian

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Written by: Drew Goddard, based on the book by Andy Weir 

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels

Nominations: 7

Film Fact: A page of the script was placed inside NASA’s Orion spacecraft when it made its first test flight in December 2014.

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The Revenant

Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Written by: Mark L. Smith and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, based on the book by Michael Punke

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter

Nominations: 12

Film Fact: Most of the film was shot in Canada, but when the snow started melting, they had to move location to Argentina.

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Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson

Written by: Emma Donoghue, based on her book

Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macy

Nominations: 4

Film Fact: Donoghue wrote the screenplay before the book was even published.

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Directed by: Tom McCarthy

Written by: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Nominations: 6

Film Fact: While shooting the Red Sox scene at Fenway Park, the filmmakers were constantly interrupted by a fan greeting Mark Ruffalo and offering him a beer.

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